Our eight-year-old has been telling his classmates that his birth mother “gave him up” because he was “bad.”
Talking About Adoption with Children
Children who joined their families through adoption need to know how adoption works, to feel free to ask questions (and get honest answers), and to learn any details you know about their birth families. Find talking tips below.
Can you recommend picture books about open adoption?
Reactions to Born from the Heart have been mixed.
Our 14-year-old daughter is starting high school this fall. What might we expect in terms of dating?
“Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?”
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their “other” mommy.
Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child’s adoption story.
My daughter’s tenth birthday was the first birthday party she’d ever had. Here’s how and why we decided to redo all the others.
Use this guide to plan a family movie night or two this season. These flicks will captivate your kids, and open up adoption talks long after the credits have rolled.
A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.
When your preschooler asks questions about adoption, use these age-appropriate answers that emphasize your family’s love.
My 12-year-old son came home upset the other day—a classmate had told him he felt sorry for him because he doesn’t live with his “real parents.”
Want to get your young child to open up about adoption? Stop talking and start playing!
We’re ready to talk to our child, who is black, about racism before she starts school. What should we say?
Racism exists, and it’s our job as parents to talk about it with our kids. Here’s an age-by-age guide to handling those conversations.
When they’re angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here’s how to answer calmly.
AF takes you inside the mind of your preschooler, and offers tips for answering their first questions about adoption and talking about how you became a family.
My 5-year-old has been asking a lot about her birth father recently, but I only have information about her birth mother.
How to prepare your child for a new sibling.
Between the ages of nine and 12, children register the meaning of adoption–and this can bring harder questions and more complex emotions. AF takes a look at what’s going on in the minds of preteens, and offers advice for talking with them.